Young Founders Programme

The Young Founders Programme is a 6-month fellowship for outstanding young entrepreneurs from emerging markets. It brings together leaders from all over the world, who are united in the pursuit to achieve entrepreneurial greatness.

Application deadline: Tuesday, August 9 at 11:59 CEST

What: 5-day conference in Berlin / 6 months remote programme


Who:

50 young founders from emerging markets


Content:

  • Mentoring

  • Peer Learning

  • Expert Sessions

  • Buddy Programme


Mentoring

A unique experience with a successful entrepreneur or investor, who becomes your sparring partner.


Peer Learning

Exchanges with other successful young founders of the cohort to share knowledge and support each other.


Expert Sessions

In-depth sessions on relevant topics with high-class experts.


International Community

Access to new business opportunities by being connected to programme alumni, partners and other members of the Westerwelle Foundation network.


Berlin Conference

Exposure to the Berlin Startup Ecosystem through a fully funded 5-day conference together with the other founders for the top 10 participants.


Selection Criteria

We are looking for entrepreneurs with high potential for impact and growth to become leaders of a sustainable future, with the following criteria:

  • You are a citizen or resident of a developing or emerging country.

  • You have recently (in the last five years) started a for-profit company focused on developing or emerging markets.

  • Your company possesses a scalable business model that has ideally generated revenue or secured a first round of external funding.

  • You or your business possesses disruptive qualities that can increase the quality, impact or inclusiveness of the industry.

  • You possess a good working knowledge of English.

  • You are available to attend the digital kick-off conference and can make time to participate in programme activities for the six months.


Call for Applications


Autumn 2022 Cohort


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Application deadline: Tuesday, August 9 at 11:59 CEST

Interviews with shortlisted candidates: August 22-27, 2022

Notification of all applicants: 30 August 2022


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